In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many sources of entertainment have been canceled. As a result, some entertainers became crafty to provide their audiences with much needed distraction.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition
To keep spirits high, Jimmy Fallon created an "At Home Edition" of his late night tv show. It’s filmed by his wife, Frances Fallon, at their home in New York with music played by their daughter, Winnie. Each episode is about 10 minutes long and guests such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Garner and J Balvin have made appearances through Zoom. Each night a different organization is represented for the audience to donate if they want to. So far, organizations such as Feeding America, Save the Children, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Broadway Cares-Equity Fights Aids have been featured correlating guest appearances.
Josh Gad Bedtime stories
Olaf is a beloved "Frozen" character portrayed by Josh Gad. Gad took to his social media and created “Stories with Olaf,” where he reads bedtime stories every day through his social media. Gad posted on his Instagram, @joshgad, on March 20 with an art design by @artbykristengavula, writing, “ Aw. Love this! Thank you for sharing. And yes, the rumors are true. Join #GadBookClub every day as we gather round and read a book for the kids, as you parents take a long needed break or for you parents as you kids take a long needed break. Love you all. Stay safe.”
Together, At Home: WHO-Global Citizen Solidarity Sessions
In order to enact the social distancing and staying at home to promote health, a virtual concert series called "Together, At Home" was created. Star’s such as Chris Martin from the band Coldplay played music for his audience. Julianne Hough, actress, singer and creator of Kinrgy led a Kinrgy session. Hozier also played some music and John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, made a virtual appearance. Legend performed and then the couple answered virtual questions.
Miley Cyrus-Bright Minded
"Bright Minded: Live with Miley" is an Instagram virtual show created by Miley Cyrus. During her show, Cyrus chats with a special guest to discuss “How to stay LIT in dark times,” as her bio states on Instagram, @mileycyrus. So far guest appearances have consisted of Demi Lovato, Amy Schumer, Rita Ora and Jeremy Scott. Bright Minds is Live at 11:30 a.m. PT and is Monday-Friday’s on Instagram.
Lena Dunham and Vogue Magazine
Using her talented writing skill, Dunham has taken to social media to promote a new idea to cultivate unity during a pandemic. She has paired up with Vogue Magazine and will be writing a love story called “Verified Strangers.” The twist in this tale of love is that the audience has the chance to decide the protagonists fate. A chapter a day will be posted on Dunham's social media, and to vote there will be polls available on Vogues Instagram stories every Tuesday and Friday. So, be on the lookout!
Virtual Book Tours
Belletrist Book Club was created by book lovers, Emma Roberts and her friend, Karah Preiss. Every month they choose a new book to read and discuss with the book loving community. Due to the coronavirus, they have launched a virtual book tour to talk all things books with the authors who wrote them. So far, authors such as Kate Weinberg creator of “The Truants,” Tara Schuster author of “Buy Yourself The Fu*ckn Lilies,” Rachel Vorona Cote author of “Too Much” and Leslie Gray Streeter author of “Black Widow,” not from Marvel.